Here is a Guest Test Kitchen feature that is slightly different than our normal submissions. This time around, it is a recipe that pays homage to history and education. Adrienne Barnette is a licensed professional counselor with Carolina Character, and she is also the sister of one of my good college friends. When I heard that Adrienne would embark on an 800 mile trek to Canada and finish with a tribute campfire meal, it seemed like just the way to share another way food has meaning to so many people–past and present. The idea of reconnecting with ancestral roots, retracing history and also replicating simple meals based around a couple of heritage ingredients reminded me of the posts we have shared as collaborations with Kwanzaa Culinarians and Oldways. Now Adrienne details her experience relaying a message of “character education seasoned with social justice” through her Pedal for Peace initiative.
Neither Amir nor I have met Leah in person, but she is someone from the Twitterverse who talks about food as much as us. Through her tweets, she posts photos of everything she cooks, as well as links to recipes and other interesting culinary tidbits. After a while, she and I connected via Facebook, and we were super close to meeting up when I spent a week in Miami this past December, but unfortunately that fell through. For now, we maintain a virtual link, and perhaps one day, we’ll meet in real life. Looking at all of the food photos she posts on a daily basis, it was a no brainer to have her share a recipe for this month’s Guest Test Kitchen feature. Thanks to Leah, we now have our first Haitian recipe in the database!
Rachel is a good friend and fellow food enthusiast. In this month’s Guest Test Kitchen she shares a beloved family recipe for clafoutis, which is a French custard-pie-like dessert with fruit baked throughout. We’re honored to have her as one of our guest contributors. This recipe looks delightful, and we can’t wait to make it for ourselves. Here’s Rachel with more–enjoy!
I first met Pat when he assisted me during a private cooking class. The evening was crazy! The group was nearly two hours late due to ‘traffic’, but we managed to finish the entire lesson in an hour and a half. Pat stuck it out for the entire time and even stayed late to help me clean up the studio, even though he had far surpassed his volunteer obligations. We stayed connected here and there chatting about food via Twitter, and finally he has his own space to share a few of his recipes with all of you today! I will speak for almost all women and say that it is fantastic when someone you’re interested in prepares a meal for you. Pat deserves applause for the dinner he whipped up for a lucky girl. Take a look!
May’s guest spot comes from my beloved sister, Bianca! Chrystal and I recently paid her a visit in Portland, where we ate ourselves into an oblivion. Bianca, who is a vegan that enjoys a helping of cheese from time to time, showed us a great time around the “Green City.” During our trip, she excitedly agreed to share one of her original vegan recipes with us. This one that she picked features one of our favorite food items, avocados! We can’t wait to try it out for ourselves. Here’s B with more.
This installment of our Guest Test Kitchen features a friend of mine from the professional food world. I first met her during a season working behind the scenes of a cooking show. It was only a couple of seasons, but we definitely connected over that experience, our love for food and fun extracurricular activities outside of the kitchen. One day, I’d love for her to make Amir and me her garlic, goat cheese and balsamic vinegar tart. I think it would be a perfect way to start a meal that finishes with the dessert she will share today. Enjoy this chocolatey treat from my friend Tara!
Meet Tonya! She’s a good friend and co-worker of Amir’s, as well as an avid vegetarian. In this Test Kitchen, she shares with us a no-fail, simple vegetable stew that will be sure to win over fellow vegetarians and meat eaters alike. This vibrant, healthy dish comes to us just in time for Spring!
One of the sweetest people that I know is Maren. And it’s not because she has a knack with desserts. I first met Maren at a local cooking school, and we continued to cross paths many times at the same place and, eventually, through small food-centric gatherings and dinner parties over the last few years. Each time I talk to her, or see one of her Facebook updates, it seems as though she is announcing a new trip, talent or treasure in her life. It’s always interesting to see what she is up to in this world, and that includes her passion for sharing different dishes with her friends and family. One day, I hope Amir can pop into another one of our dinner parties to chat food with Maren. Something tells me we’d both love her holiday cookie recipe!
Peter is a co-worker of Amir’s who loves a healthy meal. Today he shares with you a simple, no-fuss soup that showcases one of our most beloved leafy greens–kale! This recipe would serve well as a course during a holiday meal, or even made with leftover collards from Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s Peter with the low-down.
A day doesn’t go by when Emily and I don’t talk about food. As a colleague of mine, we always find time in the work day to recount last night’s sensational meal, share a new must-try recipe, or muse over tomorrow’s dinner. It was clearly a “no-brainer” for her to share her culinary passions with you as our next guest blogger in our Test Kitchen series. And for the first time, I’m happy to say I actually got to taste a Guest Test Kitchen creation. Emily brought me a sample of this delightful salad to work, of which I gobbled down in less than 2 minutes later that evening after a strenuous workout. I am sorry that Chrystal missed out on this one, especially knowing how much she adores sweet potatoes. Like her, you’ll just have to whip it together for yourself. You’ll be glad you did! Here’s Emily with more…